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Blame It on the Brontes

She’s going to write her own happy ending.

English professor Athena Murphy is an authority on the novels of the Brontë sisters. But as they say in academia, publish or perish. To save her job, Athena decides to write a biography of C.L. Garland, the author heating up bestseller lists with spicy retellings of classic literature. Tracking down the reclusive writer and uncovering her secret identity, though, means Athena must return to her small midwestern hometown where Garland—and her ex-boyfriend, Thorne Kent—live.

Seeing Thorne again reminds Athena that real life never lives up to fiction. He was the Heathcliff to her Catherine, the Mr. Rochester to her Jane. Not only did their college breakup shatter that illusion, but they also broke each other’s hearts again a second time. Now she has to see him nearly every...single…day.

The only solution is to find C.L. Garland as quickly as possible, write the book, and get the heck out of town. As her deadline looms and the list of potential C.L. Garlands dwindles, Athena and Thorne bicker and banter their way back to friendship. Could it really be true that the third time’s a charm?

Athena and Thorne have a love story only a Brontë could write, and the chance for their own happily-ever-after, but first, they’ll need to forgive the mistakes of the past.

Romance | Women's Fiction

Publication Date: 03 May 2022

  • Advance Praise for Blame It on the Brontes:

    “A delightful third-chance romance with Bronte brooding and rom-com banter. You’ll be rooting for Thena and Thorne!” ―Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author

  • “A swoon-worthy hero in a story that’s everything a rom com should be—smart, sexy, funny, and charming to boot!”―Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author

My Review:

4 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 
📖Book: Blame It on The Brontës
✍🏼Author: Annie Sereno
📚Genre: Romance | Women's Fiction
🗏 Pages: 384 – Slow-Paced
✨Pub Date: 03 May 2022
💌Tropes: Second Chance Romance, Small Town Romance, Slow Burn, Bookish Theme with Bronte Book Quotes, Workplace Romance, Forced Proximity
⚠️TW: Mental illness, Homophobia, Misogyny, Divorced, Schizophrenia, infidelity

Blame It on The Brontës is a whimsical second (or third) chance romance with a unique connection to the Brontës sister. With every chapter bringing you a quote from the classics, you are brought back into the 19th-century literature style with a modern twist. This classic small-town romance is full of bookish themes and a slow burn that will have you wondering why it takes so long in the end. Athena must hide in plain sight to uncover a famous writer and write a book about it to save her job as a professor. Simple enough, right? No, she has to work with the love of her life, her now enemy, and the person who broke her heart to figure out. Although predictable at times (aren’t all romance novels), the witty banter and bookish themes had me smiling until the end. If you enjoy second chance romances and classic literature references, you will love to read Blame it on the Brontës.

Thank you to Netgalley & Forever publishing for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

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When she's not expressing her imagination with pen and paintbrush, Annie gardens, swims, and haunts art museums. In possession of a well-worn passport and memories of all the places she's called home, she shares her life with her husband and two sons.

Mildly (okay, seriously) obsessed with birds, Celtic music, and all things Australian, she believes there is no such thing as a former librarian, no time to read, or too many shoes.

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Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes a wide array of inclusive commercial fiction and romance perfect for your next book-club pick--from uplifting contemporary stories to captivating historical fiction and delightful romantic comedies, to sweeping historical romance and small-town love stories.

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Blame It on the Brontes

This delightful debut rom-com follows the adventures of a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots and introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions, and fun.

Manny Dogra is the beautiful young CEO of Breakup, a highly successful company that helps people manage their relationship breakups. As preoccupied as she is with her business, she’s also planning her wedding to handsome architect Adam Jamieson while dealing with the loss of her beloved parents.

For reasons Manny has never understood, her mother and father, who were both born in India, always wanted her to become an “All-American” girl. So that’s what she did. She knows next to nothing about her South Asian heritage, and that’s never been a problem—until her parents are no longer around, and an image of Manny that’s been Photoshopped to make her skin look more white appears on a major magazine cover. Suddenly, the woman who built an empire encouraging people to be true to themselves is having her own identity crisis.

But when an irritating client named Sammy Patel approaches Manny with an odd breakup request, the perfect solution presents itself: If they both agree to certain terms, he’ll give her a crash course in being “Indian” at his brother’s wedding.

What follows is days of dancing and dal, masala and mehndi as Manny meets the lovable, if endlessly interfering, aunties and uncles of the Patel family, and, along the way, discovers much more than she could ever have anticipated.

| Romance |

Publication Date: 03 May 2022 |

  • Advance Praise for Blame It on the Brontes:

    “A delightful third-chance romance with Bronte brooding and rom-com banter. You’ll be rooting for Thena and Thorne!” ―Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author

  • “A swoon-worthy hero in a story that’s everything a rom com should be—smart, sexy, funny, and charming to boot!”―Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author

My Review:

4 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 
📖Book: Blame It on The Brontës
✍🏼Author: Annie Sereno
📚Genre: Romance | Women's Fiction
🗏 Pages: 384 – Slow-Paced
✨Pub Date: 03 May 2022
💌Tropes: Second Chance Romance, Small Town Romance, Slow Burn, Bookish Theme with Bronte Book Quotes, Workplace Romance, Forced Proximity
⚠️TW: Mental illness, Homophobia, Misogyny, Divorced, Schizophrenia, infidelity

Blame It on The Brontës is a whimsical second (or third) chance romance with a unique connection to the Brontës sister. With every chapter bringing you a quote from the classics, you are brought back into the 19th-century literature style with a modern twist. This classic small-town romance is full of bookish themes and a slow burn that will have you wondering why it takes so long in the end. Athena must hide in plain sight to uncover a famous writer and write a book about it to save her job as a professor. Simple enough, right? No, she has to work with the love of her life, her now enemy, and the person who broke her heart to figure out. Although predictable at times (aren’t all romance novels), the witty banter and bookish themes had me smiling until the end. If you enjoy second chance romances and classic literature references, you will love to read Blame it on the Brontës.

Thank you to Netgalley & Forever publishing for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Spoiler Review

COMING WEEK OF MAY 3

Writing
%
Storyline
%
Character Build
%
Overall
%

PRINT LENGTH PAGES

AVERAGE REVIEW RATING

$
PAPERBACK COST

$
E-BOOK COST

AUTHOR

When she's not expressing her imagination with pen and paintbrush, Annie gardens, swims, and haunts art museums. In possession of a well-worn passport and memories of all the places she's called home, she shares her life with her husband and two sons.

Mildly (okay, seriously) obsessed with birds, Celtic music, and all things Australian, she believes there is no such thing as a former librarian, no time to read, or too many shoes.

PUBLISHER

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes a wide array of inclusive commercial fiction and romance perfect for your next book-club pick--from uplifting contemporary stories to captivating historical fiction and delightful romantic comedies, to sweeping historical romance and small-town love stories.

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